TBR Thursdays: Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott

Hey everyone, it’s Sarah!

This book has been getting Printz buzz and was nominated as a potential greatest book of the year by my library system. I have been meaning to get around to reading it and I finally have.

40796139. sy475 Summary:

Everyone thinks they know the story of Joan of Arc, since she makes appearances across pop culture. However, this novel in verse takes a historical look into the life and times of Joan. Using a variety of poetic forms, Elliott weaves Joan’s thoughts with those of her friends, family, accusers, and witnesses. While this novel does come from a place of religion, it speaks to the contemporary understanding of being yourself and standing up for what is right, in spite of the consequences.

Review:

Novels in verse can be difficult because it is more challenging to get to know the characters. Thankfully, Joan is such a well-developed icon in our society that this area could do without the development. I thought that the premise and form were refreshing and unique. However, I did find myself bored. The novel leaned heavily on the dry historical facts (which are important), but I lost the story at times. I can see many Catholic grandparents getting this for their grandkids and I know that the grandkids won’t be disappointed by what they find.

Rating:

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One thought on “TBR Thursdays: Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott

  1. indiefan20 says:

    I didn’t like this book that much either, it felt repetitive to me. I think Joan of Arc is a fascinating historical figure and she deserved a better and more rich portrayal of her life with this book.

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